It’s easy to look at a person with diabetes whose blood sugars are running up around 300 mg/dL and say, “Geez, you need to just stop neglecting yourself!”
It's easy to judge, to think, "C'mon, just do it! Just take your insulin and take care of it all!"
But the real question is, “By neglecting your diabetes and purposefully hurting your body, what is that doing for you?"
It must be doing something beneficial…otherwise you wouldn’t keep doing it. Even though cigarettes are obviously harmful, people still smoke them because it feels good, it provides an obvious benefit.
Even if the benefit is small in comparison to the damage your body is suffering, purposefully neglecting your diabetes may be your method of coping with the overwhelming emotions around diabetes.
The next question is: Do you want to challenge those emotions and find your new way of living with this disease? Are you ready to work towards findin...
When my hands and feet started hurting about a year after I finished chemo, my oncologist said I had, " Taxol toes ." She went on to explain that a more accurate term is peripheral neuropathy, which means nerve damage in the extremities--hands and feet.
My hands and feet felt like they were asleep. I frequently dropped things, and I had trouble walking on uneven terrain and steps because I wasn't getting accurate information from my nerves. For some people neuropathy can be severe enough that they have to go on disability.
If you are going to be taking a taxane chemo drug like Taxol or Taxotere , you should ask your oncologist about possible precautions to reduce the chances of getting peripheral neuropathy.
The Mayo Clinic suggests eating a diet rich in Vitamin B-12 foods like meats, fish, eggs, and fortified cereals. Some oncologists prescribe B vitamins, but be sure to talk to your oncologist before taking any supplements because sometimes they can interfere ...
Does someone you love live with arthritis pain? Here are some holiday gift ideas for anyone who has arthritis anywhere from head to toe.
Trekking Poles (for feet, ankles, knees, hips, low back arthritis): For someone who has arthritis in the lower half of the body, she/he could benefit from the use of trekking poles. Using either one or two poles while walking can greatly reduce the stress on an arthritic joint.
Reacher or Grabber (for shoulder, hip, low back arthritis): Grabbing an item above or below the waist can be painful if arthritis afflicts certain joints. As an extension of a hand, these handy tools help one to reach out without hurting oneself.
Oxo Jar Opener (for shoulders, elbows, wrist, hand arthritis): People with arthritis in the upper limb have a great deal of trouble opening jars or containers without asking for help. Well this device works like a charm and will charm the one you love who experiences these difficulties.
Paraffin Wax Home Unit (for hand, wrist arthrit...
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